Feb 3 2010 - UK BUSINESS TRAVELLERS LOVE RAIL
The UK corporate sector’s growing enthusiasm for train travel helped boost sales last year at Evolvi Rail Systems, the online business rail booking and ticketing specialist, by 12 percent to £246m.
Rail consistently out-performed other corporate travel sectors over the last 12 months. Jonathan Reeve, Evolvi Trade Relations Director, says that facilities such as WiFi and quiet carriages make train travel more productive for executives, booking online through desk-top solutions such as Evolvi has never been easier, and more companies are opting for rail because of its green benefits.
Says Mr Reeve: “In addition, corporate buyers now recognise the potential for significant cost savings associated with the advance purchase of tickets rather than “on day” buying - this has encouraged procurement professionals to give greater priority to rail as a business travel category.”
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Evolvi’s online system focuses exclusively on business rail travel and is used by Travel Management Companies (TMC), including eight of the top 10 in the UK, to meet the needs of their corporate customers.
Evolvi has been designed by business travel specialists to provide travel managers and procurement professionals with an online rail booking and ticket fulfilment service. It is able to deliver significant advantages in cost centre and project code transaction cost attribution, travel policy compliance and on-line management information capability. The system can also provide a complete on-line C02 emissions report using multi-modal comparative data.
The Evolvi system offers four ticket production/fulfilment options in addition to production of a ticket by the TMC:
1. Walk up “Touch Screen” kiosk
2. Walk up “Desk Top” printer with keyboard data entry
3. Operator driven “Desk Top” Self Booking
4. Transmission of ticket issue data to National Ticket on Departure (TOD) network
The system also integrates with other Self-Booking Tools (SBTs), Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) and expense management tools.